I'm writing this in hope that more people will pray for my friend Liese who has cancer. She has been my friend since highschool. Please pray for her. Pray that the cancer will leave. That she will be made healthy. Thank-you for those of you who do indeed pray. I believe in the power of prayer.
There is so much for which I am grateful. I have two wonderful children God blessed me to raise. They both accepted Jesus in their hearts. One of my sons has married to a lovely young woman and I have a beautiful grandbaby. I also have the love of a really good man. I really am very happy.
I must admit though, that I have had moments when I didn't feel beautiful or happy. God somehow has always intervened. I can think of many different times when God has intervened. But somehow the time my husband gently put his had upon my cheek and looked into my eyes and said,"Oh, Tammy, I wish you could see yourself as I see you." that sticks in my mind because it occurred to me that it was God speaking through him.
I guess what I want is to leave you with this thought, just think... God made you, the way you are... and he thinks you are beautiful...and God loves you. I am happiest when I remember that.
It will soon be Christmas. The celebration of Jesus birthday. I am glad. It is a great time to spend with family.
I've found myself reading Proverbs today. My Bible says that the purpose of Proverbs is to know wisdom and instruction; to perceive words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels; To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise and their dark sayings.
I recommend reading Proverbs.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas! Enjoy this time. Take time from shopping to remember the real meaning of Christmas...The birth of our Saviour. Jesus Christ is Lord!
Christ is Love. I wish all of my friends and family the joy of his love.
This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it! -- From a Bible verse
I am listening to Itunes Acapella Christian music this morning. It is beautiful! I am already rejoicing for so many reasons. I've had the oppourtunity to talk to friends that I've known since childhood. I even had lunch with a very good friend yesterday. It was nice to catch up. My grandma arrives on Sunday. I"m so happy! I get to see my son, who I miss so very much! I'll get to hold my grandbaby and talk with my son's wife and get to know her even better, she is a sweetheart.
And of course, I am so grateful for my husband and his love.
I watched "The Passion" yesterday. It made me think. Jesus died for me. What am I doing for him? I pray that God will guide me in my daily walk. I am human. No better than anyone else. But, I know God's love. I am so grateful to God for what he has done for me.
I so desperately want to share this love from God. To know Jesus is to know such joy that only someone that knows Jesus can understand. When I am reminded of God's love my heart is so filled with love and I want to share this joy I feel.
A good friend talked to me this week about another friend that is battling cancer. She mentioned that God has a purpose for everything. I just said " I suppose so." But, you know, I may not understand why things happen. I really don't. But somehow, I do believe that God has a hand in everything good and I do believe that he uses the things we do not understand to bring us closer to him. I may not be happy with everything that happens. The timing may not be what I choose. But God's timing is right. It is good. If it brings us close to him and everlasting life in Heaven, then we begin to understand why, why things happen. I wish that pain and illness was not part of this world. But, I can say this: All who accept Jesus as their Saviour will know eternal life and will oneday be in Heaven where there is no illness, no sadness.
I've experienced sadness in my own life. Questioned "Why?" I did not understand. But now, I realize that what I have experienced in my own life brought me closer to God and even has made me appreciate the little and big things of today that I may not have appreciated. For those of you who don't know. My son had a traumatic brain injury playing football 5 years ago. He was in a coma for 5 days. Had a ten percent chance of living. Many people prayed for him. Five days into his coma, I was praying at his side. He woke up! He woke up and said, "Mom, I was with God."
I was grateful that my son awoke. Yet, I questioned God. "Why, Why my son?" I didn't understand why my son had to go through such pain. Why my son had to have seizures and didn't in my small opinion have the life he deserved. He couldn't walk at first. He didn't make sense. By the grace of God he has gotten better. I am grateful to God for that.
"What I have come to realize is that my son has a beautiful life. It may not be the life I imagined for him He is not the arenautical engineer he once thought about becoming. But he has witnessed to many, many people. I've had people come to me and say that they thought he came back to witness to them and save them. That is profound! An Army recruiter told me his story and shared that Thomas had witnessed to him. My son has his own trials. It has been a difficult time. But I realize that God uses each and every one of his children in different and special ways to Glorify him. I can only hope that I do my part.
So, as I listen to this beautiful Christian Acapella chorus on Itunes, I will Rejoice in this day that the Lord has made and be glad in it!
Note: I have two beautiful boys. Thomas, who had the brain injury, and shares his story and is friend to many. Daniel, who is a wonderful daddy to my new grandbaby, he already makes it a priority to spend time with his young family. His wife shared a beautiful picture of him reading to his infant son. I am a proud mama!
I'm feeling blessed this evening and can hardly contain myself! My son Thomas has been seizure free for quite some time and started a job today! I get to visit my son Daniel, his wife and my new grandson very soon! And, my grandma is coming to visit. On top of that I'm really enjoying life with my sweet husband. Life is good.
Sometimes I think God allows us to go through trials so that we can really appreciate the blessings. I've been through trials, but I realize God had a reason for everything. I may not know why, but I just thank God for where I am at now. I could think about the trials and sadness in my life or I could think about the blessings. Today, I'm thinking about the blessings.
Thank-you God for all that is good in my life. Thank-you for all the beautiful people in my life. I am grateful to have my experiences. Thank-you for giving me someone I can talk to about everything, my dear husband Jason . Thank-you for my friends and family. Thank-you for letting me see the good. Please help me always see the good whatever my circumstances. Thank-you for allowing me to be with people I love dear God. I am so grateful. Tammy
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
This verse has helped me in tough times. The verse resonates in my mind even still. I am grateful to have been given a Bible as a child so I could read God's word. I so wish that the Bible could be given to children in schools today. It is a treasured gift.
God blessed me with wonderful grandmas. One grandma talked about Jesus (and still does!). She always told me to pray. We decided to be Jesus freaks together. She is selfless and prays on a daily basis. I love her very much. I loved my other grandma too. She left this world yesterday. I always wanted to be like her. She taught me sayings like "Whisper, people listen," and "you catch more bees with honey than vinegar." She was a sweet, gentle woman. She always seemed to find the good in people and things. She was a good listener and I don't believe I ever heard her complain about anything. I adored her and will miss her. I realize that she was looking forward to being with grandpa. I miss them. I loved watching them together. They really loved each other. I always wanted love like that. God blessed me. He's blessed me with so many people in my life. I'm grateful that both my grandmas were at my wedding last year. I'm grateful to God that God put Jason in my life before I lost my grandma. I always called my grandma to talk. I miss that. But God has blessed me with a sweet understanding husband that holds me ,talks to me and prays with me.
God thank-you for all the beautiful people, people with beautiful souls you have put in my life. I'm sad that I won't be able to talk to my grandma. But, I am so very grateful that you put her in my life. Her memory will live. The impression she made everlasting.
Today I was at the bank. I was also job hunting. I had an interview at another place. I've been wishing for more money. I think it is a common thought. In fact, everyone around me was talking about how they wished they had more money at the bank. As I was standing there in the bank, waiting to find out the amount that some Canadian money I found in my house was worth, a man rode up through the drive through. He was on a bike and was carrying a wooden cross on his back. No kidding! At first I thought,"That is different". Then he looks at me and waves with a great big smile on his face. The other teller speaks to him. He tells him the small amount that is in his account. The man looks up at the sky and praises God aloud. He then asks for $20 dollars and then praises God aloud again. I think I am going to cry and do as soon as I get in my car.
God was reminding me that I haven't been thanking him enough lately. I didn't even properly thank him for the money I had found in the closet in a jar.It was more than this man carrying a cross had in his account. Yet, he praised God and I hadn't. I, like many of us, wanted more.
Praise God! He is good! I'm grateful for these reminders and all God has given me. I am grateful to God.
To Have and to hold or hold on to what you have ?
The words in the above title are often incorporated into the vows that get exchanged between a man and a woman who decide to undertake the privilege and responsibility of marriage. Of all the words that are often spoken between couples in solemn ceremonies , these five words , this lyric, this melody which rolls off our tongue’s in this moment of bliss, adoration and devotion seem to be the first ones that get lost in the day to day rhythm of the symphony of life.
The composition is always sweet at the onset as the melody hits all the right chords, both beautiful and solemn as they enter the sanctity of the chapel, then the duet of the two lovers as they gaze into each others eyes, pondering their progression into the oneness of life. Next there comes the sanctity of their hymn, as their vows are echoed into the expanse of space and time captured by those present and by GOD as well, a beautiful hymn meant to last the duration of their lives. Finally there comes the departing serenade portraying the tempo and harmony of two loving instruments, their hands entwined, brought together in the presence of friends, families and most notably under the eyes of GOD, the maestro, and his host round about him in the firmament, a composition that gladdens the heart, dispels loneliness and lays the foundation for civilization as we know it.
The above procession has been with us since the beginning of man and by GOD’s grace will abound as long as man walks the earth. Unfortunately, as one musician was fond of saying, “the times they be a changing”. I have read that better than half of the households in America are populated by those who are married and while that sounds reassuring, the part that bothers me is that about 1/3 of them will give it up within 10 years and leave behind a poisoned landscape replete with broken lives and promises.
Now I know that there are real reasons for breaking the bond and I can sympathize with those who do. Even GOD recognizes the need for divorce but it even makes him grieve. The question is simply this, what caused such a sorry state in marital affairs in this land of ours? Many might say that its money, the job or possibly infidelity that drives this ugly wedge between husband and wife.
Hmmm… Now I don’t claim to be any kind of expert, but one thing I noticed are the little things that people don’t seem to do as much anymore. I mean marriage is a spiritual compact, I mean most folks go to church and tie the knot and run out into bright sunshine all googly-eyed and get whisked away on the honeymoon driving off into the sunset in a 40 foot limo complete with plasma screens and bubbly hot tubs and other fashionable excesses . They say their vows in front of GOD, but somehow totally forget about him just a few hours later. They forget about those indispensible supports to their marriage.
I do pray with my sweet Tammy all the time, I figure that if GOD likes it when we approach him about marriage, then he probably would like it if we talk to him about other important things like the food we eat, the job we have, our health, the crazy world and the even crazier people running it, things like that. I mean if we want him to be in the chapel with us where everything is sunshine and roses, wouldn’t you want him there when the water heater won’t heat or the family four door won’t get you to the local piggly wiggly or especially when the devil comes lurking around looking for a life or relationship he can destroy.
I think our problem here is endemic to the hectic lives we lead today. We have considerably more relatively vacuous cerebral stimulation than probably a half dozen college professors of the Victorian age and while I care not to relive the gilded age of times past I think it behoves us as a people who want some peace of mind in our relationships and some much needed sanity to take to heart two words GOD gave us, he said BE STILL. One more time and take a deep breathe before you say it again. OK here it goes, BE STILL. Now I know what your thinking, hey buddy I am already late for the kids soccer game or hey I am stuck in line at Big Box Mart with a penny counting Minnie Pearl in front of me.
OK so GOD said be still and know I am the lord,. Those words may not resound from the heavens with peals of thunder, but nevertheless the statement is powerful. We all have found ourselves caught up in the cacophony that masquerades as life as usual and in that process, the fine nuances of the life we want, the holding hands, the talking, the intimacy seem to take a back seat on a relatively long bus. Yeah that’s right turn around and look. Those good things that got you all googly-eyed in the chapel are way in the back being neglected like the proverbial red headed stepchild or worse yet being shaken down for their lunch money by some bully and his pimply faced entourage .. Yes I know its not a pretty sight, but bear with me.
OK, so what do we do to fix the problem. How do we fulfill the “to have and to hold” part of the equation? How do we get off the crazy train , the one that’s going like 100 mph. Well folks, its pretty simple really. If you want a locomotive to slow down quit shoveling coal into its fiery furnance. Lets quit sacrificing the promises of yesterday for the snake oil promises of today. Quit listening to the hucksters of expediency , the petulant voices on the boob-tube that scream get it now, for a limited time, you deserve it, blah,blah and blah. Please realize that so much of what matters to our lives and our peace of mind seems to hold little value in todays secular world. To fullfill the promise of to have and to hold we simply can’t hold on to all that we have. Yes it is true that more overtime would be great or staying a little longer at the office might secure that raise or bonus or putting another another 500 miles a week on the old 18 wheeler could make our fiscal house a little bit better, but the cost incured from not getting what we need from each other could be an expensive price to pay, an expensive price indeed.
Take time to make time with one another and share this with others.
Thank you and may GOD bless you..